ENGL489T - Special Topics in English Language: Conversation Analysis

Conversation analysis is the study of talk in interaction. In this course, we will examine how people use language in real-life interactions, focusing on spontaneous conversations and story-telling. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the structure of social interaction, ways in which participants manage turn-taking, the place of culture in communication, the use of humor, and the structures and uses of stories. Students will record, transcribe, and analyze conversations, and these recordings will constitute the data on which they will base their work during the semester. Requirements include two or three short papers, occasional short exercises, and a longer final paper, as well as (as the university requires) a final exam.